Translated, the word lei means love, and its necklace shape was created to symbolize the open arms of a child’s embrace. Locals bestow leis to say hello, goodbye, thanks, welcome, and I love you. A big business considered an art form, leis are often made by family-owned enterprises. The best shops can be found on Chinatown’s Maunakea Street. Each enterprise boasts its own personality, but we love Cindy’s Lei Shoppe and covet her Triple Ginger specialty, a thick rope of aromatic rapture.
1034 Maunakea St.
(808) 536-6538
www.cindysleishoppe.com